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Gina Martinez-Peterson

Project Manager

Gina Martinez Peterson has worked in the non-profit sector for over 30 years. As the first Health Equity Director for YMCA of the USA, Gina helped communities focus on social determinants of health that affected health outcomes. This work was the perfect training ground for the work in Southeast Colorado Springs. Gina has served diverse communities across the country and has seen economic development, affordable housing, and education vastly improve lives and increase life expectancy.

We Support

the Southeast

We support policies and systems that help businesses and communities thrive.

We Create

In the Southeast

We Create job opportunities to bring individuals and families out of poverty.

We Build

In the Southeast

We Build a self-sustaining SE economy that is connected to the larger regional economy.

We Invest

In the Southeast

We invest in businesses, housing and other community infrastructure to promote economic, health and safety for individuals and communities

Solid Rock CDC community economic development efforts are targeted to assure that the development of businesses and jobs for SE Colorado Springs align with the economic growth, development and jobs of Colorado Springs. We believe that it is essential that the economy of the SE move from one of high levels of government support to sustainability from increase jobs and improved community infrastructure.

Most individuals in the Southeast who are entrepreneurial and want to start small businesses may not have a healthy credit rating, or may lack business experience, or do not have a business plan. These limitations likely result in a funding organization not approving loans for these individuals. Solid Rock CDC can provide business plan support, fiscal management and researching capabilities, entrepreneurial training and follow-up, thus increasing the likelihood for business success for the Southeast residents who receive our services.

Solid Rock CDC is committed to providing attractive living and working environments to improve the quality of life for SE residents. Safe and pleasing business areas will attract business owners and patrons, resulting in business growth. In a related matter, Solid Rock CDC supports the efforts of nonprofits and government agencies to improve transportation between SE Colorado Springs and the rest of the city.

A lack of affordable housing is a significant obstacle to citizens of SE Colorado Springs who are in the process of economic development. Because factors such as race, ethnicity, and social status put many SE residents at a disadvantage when seeking housing, Solid Rock CDC is committed to take the initiative in establishing relationships with landlords, developers, community organizations, and government agencies to address the need for affordable housing in SE Colorado Springs We will be active advocates for people seeking housing, assist them in the search process, and provide ongoing help and support.

Our efforts at small-business development will improve the economic status of those we will serve, and infrastructure development will help create an environment favorable to economic development. Nevertheless, successful progress in these areas will not automatically solve the housing needs of SE Colorado Springs because economics is only one factor in the housing crisis. Race, ethnicity, social status, and other factors put many people at a disadvantage when seeking housing. Therefore, we will take the initiative in establishing relationships with landlords, developers, community organizations, and government agencies to address the need for affordable housing in SE Colorado Springs. We will be active advocates for people seeking housing, assist them in the search process, and provide ongoing help and support. Solid Rock CDC does not intend to become a landlord. Instead, the CDC will be an agent of help and support for individuals and families who need affordable housing so that they can become thriving members of SE Colorado Springs.

Our Investments

In the Southeast

Business Development

Solid Rock CDC community economic development efforts are targeted to assure that the development of businesses and jobs for SE Colorado Springs align with the economic growth, development and jobs of Colorado Springs. We believe that it is essential that the economy of the SE move from one of high levels of government support to sustainability from increase jobs and improved community infrastructure.

Most individuals in the Southeast who are entrepreneurial and want to start small businesses may not have a healthy credit rating, or may lack business experience, or do not have a business plan. These limitations likely result in a funding organization not approving loans for these individuals. Solid Rock CDC can provide business plan support, fiscal management and researching capabilities, entrepreneurial training and follow-up, thus increasing the likelihood for business success for the Southeast residents who receive our services.

Infrastructure Development

Solid Rock CDC is committed to providing attractive living and working environments to improve the quality of life for SE residents. Safe and pleasing business areas will attract business owners and patrons, resulting in business growth. In a related matter, Solid Rock CDC supports the efforts of nonprofits and government agencies to improve transportation between SE Colorado Springs and the rest of the city.

Affordable Housing

A lack of affordable housing is a significant obstacle to citizens of SE Colorado Springs who are in the process of economic development. Because factors such as race, ethnicity, and social status put many SE residents at a disadvantage when seeking housing, Solid Rock CDC is committed to take the initiative in establishing relationships with landlords, developers, community organizations, and government agencies to address the need for affordable housing in SE Colorado Springs We will be active advocates for people seeking housing, assist them in the search process, and provide ongoing help and support.

Our efforts at small-business development will improve the economic status of those we will serve, and infrastructure development will help create an environment favorable to economic development. Nevertheless, successful progress in these areas will not automatically solve the housing needs of SE Colorado Springs because economics is only one factor in the housing crisis. Race, ethnicity, social status, and other factors put many people at a disadvantage when seeking housing. Therefore, we will take the initiative in establishing relationships with landlords, developers, community organizations, and government agencies to address the need for affordable housing in SE Colorado Springs. We will be active advocates for people seeking housing, assist them in the search process, and provide ongoing help and support. Solid Rock CDC does not intend to become a landlord. Instead, the CDC will be an agent of help and support for individuals and families who need affordable housing so that they can become thriving members of SE Colorado Springs.

Current Projects

In the Southeast
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Call (719) 393-7625 today for more info!

Fresh Start Investment Program is a business development, entrepreneurship, and personal development training program that supports the formerly incarcerated to become successful entrepreneurs and employees. We transform our Investors-In- Training (IIT’s) to own profitable and thriving businesses in SE Colorado Springs and to become better citizens in our community.

This program was initiated through the Transforming Safety Bill of Colorado.The Transforming Safety project invests in North Aurora and Southeast Colorado Springs to support community development through small business loan and grant programs. The project uses a new safety framework that focuses on preventing crime in the first place by:

  • Focusing on economic and community development in specific neighborhoods more impacted by crime and justice system involvement
  • Empowering local community members to identify priorities and solutions
  • Providing funding to the community
  • Using a private sector approach that braids both for-profit and non-profit strengths

The Fresh Start Investment Program will impact SE Colorado Springs by revitalizing the community through small business development and programs and services which promote personal growth. By offering small business training and mentoring, we provide a fresh start to individuals that will enable them to become business owners and revitalize community. We invest in leadership development which enables our IIT’s to take ownership and become managers of their lives and to make wise decisions.

Fresh Start Investment Program addresses the limited access to education, skills training, and economic opportunity for men, women, and youth with criminal histories by creating empathy and providing hope, hands-on mentoring, community support, and a clear path to economic security through employment or entrepreneurship.

We partner with Pikes Peak Small Business Consultants, Thrive Colorado Springs, WeighOut Ministries, Pikes Peak Work Force Center, Harrison School District 2, Rise Coalition to assist us in making this program successful. We will also partner with Faith-based Organizations and past offenders as volunteers in our program. Our Fresh Start Investment Program will promote personal and economic opportunities for past offenders of Colorado Dept. of Corrections.

For more information about this program, send us a message or call 719-393-7625.

Healthy Places: Designing an Active Colorado is a community led initiative to build upon current assets and identify new possibilities for increasing physical activity by addressing barriers to health through the built environment. Southeast Colorado Springs was selected through a competitive RFP process as one of four communities to participate in an Urban Land Institute (ULI) Advisory Service Panel funded by The Colorado Health Foundation (TCHF). The panel and subsequent report served as the platform for a recent $1 million grant award from TCHF to implement recommendations that will improve health and physical activity in Southeast Colorado Springs.

Although Southeast Colorado Springs has faced years of disinvestment and underrepresentation, things are beginning to change. There are many individuals and organizations who have been working tirelessly to build on the community’s assets and strengthen the neighborhood from within. The neighborhood has many points of pride including its diversity, of cultures, incomes, religious affiliations, and perspectives.

The Solid Rock Community Development Corporation (CDC), El Paso County Public Health and the Resilient, Inspired, Strong and Engaged (RISE) Coalition are the core organizations involved in moving forward with one of the key recommendations, the development of a Community Hub at Mission Trace. The Hub is envisioned as a destination and a place where the community can come together in Southeast Colorado Springs. It is envisioned that the Community Hub will be a catalyst for additional investment in the area. Services provided by the Hub may include housing, transportation, local businesses, community activities and opportunities for physical activity. A location within a largely vacant shopping center has been identified for the Hub and the property owner is amenable to the idea. There is strong support from the City of Colorado Springs and the community for this project to happen.

According to conversations with the project team, significant outreach has been done to date and the community is eager for action.

Ben Anderson

Executive Director

Pastor Benjamin Anderson has been working in Southeast Colorado Springs community for 15 years. He has collaborated with many different non-profits and faith-based organizations to impact Southeast Colorado Springs. Pastor Ben retired from the Army with a distinguished career and a very successful profession in the business arena. He is a former prison chaplain, started Colorado Springs Music and Arts Center and now Solid Rock Community Development Corporation. Pastor Ben is also Senior Pastor of Solid Rock Christian Center.

Karen Hughes

Executive Assistant

Bio

Solid Rock Christian Church

Solid Rock Christian Center is called to proclaim the Gospel of Christ and to inspire in all persons a love for Christ and each other, a passion for righteousness, and a consciousness of their duties to God and each other.

Developing and investing in people through training, equipping, empowering and mobilizing them to impact the community, city and world for Christ.

Relationships

We invest in the lives of others. We share each other’s burdens and rejoice in each other’s victories. We consider others more important than ourselves.

Biblical Worship

We glorify God and experience His presence through corporate and personal worship that is God centered, life changing and based on biblical principles, resulting in expressions of love, gratitude, honor and service.
Community
We intentionally facilitate serving our community environments where we encourage, challenge, and serve to impact our community as a reflection of the church. We hold each other accountable in the process of spiritual growth and Christ like relationships.

Biblical Teaching

We lead people out of a deep conviction and commitment to God’s Word, so that together we grow in our love and application of it. We believe in the indwelling of the Holy Spirit for all Believers and that the Holy Spirit verifies and validates the Believer as part of the Body of Christ. We believe that it is God’s desire that all believers live under the “Divine Direction” of the Holy Spirit. We believe that the filling of the Holy Spirit is an ongoing ministry of the Spirit in the life of the Believer, that enables the Believer to live a life of power, victory, and glory to God

Complete Love For All

We believe the church should be a place of openness, honesty and loving relationships, that we should be people of integrity and honesty in all that we do. We seek to demonstrate God’s love to all people regardless of race, gender, identity or class. We believe how we treat, immigrants, refugees, the sick, the hungry, the oppressed, the prisoner, the homeless is how we treat Jesus Christ.

Jesse Butler

Board Member

Jesse Butlerworks for Arrowhead Spa and Pool and subcontracts for Big Air Jumpers. Jesse is a student at Pikes Peak Community College and has earned his spot on the Deans List for Associates of Applied Science in Business Management. Jesse is a resident of Southeast Colorado Springs.

John Conaway

Board Member

John Conaway is a retired Editor of various Christian organizations in Colorado Springs.He served at First Presbyterian Church as elder, deacon, and teacher.John is committed to the mission of Solid Rock Community Center and the Solid Rock Community Development Corporation as partners of First Presbyterian Church.He has been a resident of Colorado Springs since 1995.

Demitta Clausell-Reese

Board Member

Demitta Clausell-Reese is the Cultural Development Training Coordinator and Facilitator in the Staff Development and Care Department for the The Navigators. She is also an assistant pastor at Solid Rock Christian Center. Demitta is also a resident of Southeast Colorado Springs.

Chelsea Gaylord

Board Member

As the Economic Development Project Manager for the City of Colorado Springs, Chelsea’s role is to promote investment, job creation, entrepreneurship, and business expansion in Colorado Springs. Prior to joining the City’s Economic Development Division in 2017, Chelsea worked with various-stage startup companies and utilized skills in community development, health promotion, and entrepreneurship to assist companies and communities in realizing their potential across the U.S. and East Africa.

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